|"Checkerboard and Playing Cards," by Juan Gris (Metropolitan Museum of Art)|
Remember the presidential election?
Of course you do.
Might take a moment, with all the craaaaaazy bullshit that has happened since. Hard to think this is still the United States of America.
But it is.
Anyway, think back to the end of the campaign, oh, 18 months ago.
A lot of people thought Donald Trump would lose.
Including Donald Trump.
And what did Donald Trump do when he thought he would lose? What did he say?
He claimed the system biased against him.
"Election is being rigged by the media," he tweeted, "in a coordinated effort with the Clinton campaign, by putting stories that never happened into news!"
He said that over and over and over and over.
Until some people believed him.
The election was a fraud until he won it, barely. Then it was great.
It's happening again.
This time the FBI and the Justice Department are in league against him. He's striking out at them because he feels he's going to lose.
Almost as if he knows he's guilty.
And Republicans, to their undying shame, generally support him.
Even though a lot of them must think he's guilty too.
For one simple fact:
He is guilty.
I certainly think so. He acts like someone who's guilty.
If he succeeds in selling this latest spin, and the investigations are scuttled, then suddenly the FBI and the Justice Department will be fine again.
He's like a toddler flipping a game board over when the game goes against him.
An embarrassing quality in a child. Disturbing in an adult. Unacceptable in a president, even a president as spurious as this one.
Though a lot of folks seem eager to accept it.
It's so obvious, it hardly needs to be pointed out. To half the country. To the other half, or 40 percent, or whatever, you could write it on a 2x4 and hit them between the eyes with it and they still wouldn't get it.
That is, to me, the most disturbing part of the whole Trump phenomenon.
Not that the man's a fraud. He is. Big time. And a liar. Continually.
But that he is a not-very-good fraud. And a shabby, flimsy, obvious liar.
Yet people fall for it.
Not so much fall. But dive for it. They lunge to believe Trump. And having believed, they stick with it. Through everything.
I'll never understand why.